Charliie - update
Charlie and Me

The Wedding

Firstly,  an update an Charlie, she is improving with each day.  At the moment she is enjoying a bone off the lamb roast.

Secondly, the Wedding was yesterday and it was a beautiful cool but sunny day.  Well, cool for Queensland, about 24 C.

My bride Hayley, had put on a bit of weight from when I finished the dress but as the back was laced that worked alright.

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The wedding was held on our local Golf Course and the reception in the community centre at the top of the stairs to the 1st tee.  Family and friends where there from early in the morning getting everything ready.

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Along with the piper who would pipe the couple into the hall.  The sound of the pipes drifted over the water and boaties all looked up to see where the sound was coming from.

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The bridal party processed down the stairs from the hall to the golf course led by a page boy and flower girls who set a cracking pace.  Mum can be seen trying to slow them down.  They reached the bottom of the steps long before the bride.

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It was not an easy dress to bring down the stairs and someone should have gone behind to help with the train.  But the father of the bride was stoic and they reached the bottom intact.

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The dress had an under shell of lined satin.  This went over a fathingale hooped petticoat  along with 2 other petticoats to set that shape.  Over this was 6 layers of silk tuille and then another layer of chiffon like silk onto which lace was appliqued .  The bodice was satin overlaid with lace which was also used for the sleeves.  As she is full busted this was built around a shaped bra.  The back opening was laced to pull this all in over a separate panel of stiffened satin.  Normally a bride loses weight this one put it on.

The bridesmaids provided their own dress and looked lovely.

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So all that stress of getting the dress ready whilst I was very ill paid off and the bride looked beautiful.

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This wedding would not have been able to take place a few months ago as the couple are gay but with the change in the law they can openly proclaim their love for one another.  

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Carin saga

What a wonderful wedding gown! How lucky the back could be adjusted to fit any size. You have done such a grand job, Carolyn. Best wishes for the happy couple.

Carolyn Foley

This is my swan song.  I just found it all too stressfull.  Still, it is nice to know that I can still dressmake to a good standard.


Well done, that is quite an achievement when you've been so poorly. Worth the effort to see them look so happy!

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